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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


News Digest: The Strike has Ended [1]

"An end to the trash.
We want to express our gratitude to Avi Nissenkorn [Worker’s Union’s chairman]. Thanks to his assistance, the strike is over and we’ve been saved from more days of trash-filled streets for no reason.

Bravo to Barkat [Jerusalem Mayor] who managed to make headlines, at the expense of Jerusalem's residents, while failing to achieve anything.

No significant change has been made. Trash, layoffs, a big mess in the media, and all this without proposing any alternative – all this for the negotiation team.
This is not the way to manage Jerusalem. Jerusalem needs responsible leadership, that knows how to act in a stately and mature manner even in times of crisis, that knows how to cooperate with all branches of the government."

– Hit'orerut [2] FB Page

"When will there be elections for mayor?
The trash hasn’t been cleared for days!!
It’s time to replace Netanyahu’s clerk, the corrupt Likud [1] member, Nir Barkat who takes care of the Jews, and discriminates against minorities in the city. And before you answer aggressively, look at the state of East Jerusalem and surrounding neighborhoods. Stop the discrimination! We want a city clean of dirt and of racism."

– Jerusalemite FB group
[The original post has been deleted by group admins]

[Selected Comments:]
– "Bro, it has nothing to do with racism. Municipality employees are scared to enter [those neighborhoods] because they’ve been attacked there on multiple occasions. On the one hand, they don’t want Israel there. On the other hand, we don’t want Hamas there."
– "Every other minute, there is another attention-seeking post about the trash on this group. Shut up already."
-"Do yourself a favor, go sit in the corner and stay there. Every nobody, every other person wants to run the country. Just so you know, since you obviously don’t know much, Jerusalem was in a gradual decline every year until Nir Barkat was elected!"

0202 Editor’s Notes:
[1] The Jerusalem Municipality Workers Union announced a general strike on Saturday, January 6th, 2018, following Mayor Nir Barkat’s declaration last week that 2,150 workers will be laid off due to a budget conflict with the Ministry of Finance. Due to the strike, garbage piled up and overflowed the streets of Jerusalem.
[2] 'Hit'orerut' is a local party; recognized with a pluralistic, young and secular agenda.
[3] In early 2017, Nir Barkat expressed brief interest to progress in the Likud party. This sparked rumors regarding his intentions to leave municipal politics and campaign for the national elections.

For a previous 0202 digest on recent events regarding this topic, see: https://goo.gl/Mckaur
For an 0202 post from Mayor Nir Barkat's page, see: https://goo.gl/aZmBWf

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